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Enjoying our Nano Copters from Teeny Drones

Enjoying our Nano Copters from Teeny Drones

Drones have been quite the big business with everyone from businesses to adults and even kids taking their turns to fly them.  While our business needs don’t require using drones by any means, we have had the opportunity to try them in our personal lives.  In fact, my wife bought one for me just two years ago for my birthday.

While it was fun, it lasted a whole five minutes before I crashed and broke it.

Since that time, our son has been asking to get his own drone to play with in our yard and while we are out camping.  Based on my own experience, I really couldn’t spend the money on a drone for him as I knew it would have the same fate.

So, we waited for something better to come along.

After reading an article where a new breed of drone was featured, I thought it was time that we re-visit the whole idea of buying drones again.  You see, there was a new company, Teeny Drones, that had created nano copters that were not only more affordable than current drone offerings, but more durable as well.  Instead of worrying about breaking the drone on any flight, we knew that if there was a mishap during the flight that the drone would be okay.

So, we bought one for our son and one for me.

It was definitely the right choice.

Now, our son has the opportunity to learn how to fly a drone without us having to worry about the replacing it if something happens.  Sure, these new nanocopters are not indestructible, but they can certainly handle just about everything that happens to them.

If you want to try your hand flying drones, or are looking for the perfect gift for your child, you should check out the offerings from Teeny Drones here

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July 2, 20150 comments
Worked with a Top-Notch Web Design Firm in Amsterdam

Worked with a Top-Notch Web Design Firm in Amsterdam

It seems like it has been quite some time since I have been part of a new website launch, but we have been working hard behind the scenes to make something happen and launch a new site.  A college buddy of mine, Chuck, contacted me about three weeks ago looking to start up a website for his company.  He has moved just about all of the way across the world to Amsterdam, and he was looking to bring his brick-and-mortar store online to reach a worldwide audience.

He reached out to us for help.

While we do have some experience building websites, our firm really didn’t have the expertise that he would need, and working from different time zones was going to be quite the headache.

But I told him we would figure out something that would work for him.

I reached out to the people in my network to see if anyone knew of a company that did webdesign in Amsterdam.  After receiving numerous responses, there was one firm that was mentioned more than anyone else:

We decided to reach out to them. - Webdesign in Amsterdam

While initially the time zones were an issue, we were able to pick a schedule that worked for both of our companies.  We helped chuck to put his vision into words, and the folds at CreateanDo did the rest.

They did some amazing work.

The delivered website was better than our expectations, and was done earlier than expected.  They really took all of the stressors that made launching a website hard, and it would be the easiest project we have ever had the opportunity to work on.

We look forward to collaborating with them again.

If you are looking for a web design firm that does wonderful work, offers great customer service, and is a pleasure to work with, you owe it to yourself to work with the folks over at

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Retiring to Patterson Ranch in Fremont

Retiring to Patterson Ranch in Fremont

My parents have been looking to move into a retirement home for some time.  Their current home is a little too big for their needs, and since it does need some repairs, they have been looking to sell it and move into something newer.

But one of the challenges that they have found has been that they haven’t found a community they would want to call home.  When you have lived in the same place for as long as they have, it can be hard to find a new place to live that meets your expectations.

But there is hope.

They recently came across an ad for Patterson Ranch in Fremont, which is a new luxury community development project.  They love the fact that there are different options when it comes to the styles of homes, so they are sure that they will find a layout that works well for them.  They are avid walkers as well, and the fact that the homes are surrounded by parks with trails makes it the perfect place for them to call home.

Patterson Ranch Community is currently under construction and the units will be going on sale in the fall of 2015.  They are going to make their purchase then, and we hope to have them moved in before the end of the year.

If you are looking for a place to live that gives a real sense of community, provides easy access to all amenities, and is surrounded by beautiful parks, then Patterson Ranch would be the perfect place to call home.  To learn more, visit

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June 30, 20150 comments
Having Fun at the Lake this Summer

Having Fun at the Lake this Summer

One of the things that we love to do during the summer months is make it down to the family cabin at the lake as much as possible.  It has been in our family for three generations, and I can remember spending my summers there playing on the water.  This is a memory that my kids will have as well, as we spend a lot of time out at the cabin.

But this year is going to be different.

Instead of buying a new boat, my parents decided to buy the kids an inflatable water park.  We can blow it up and put it out on the water, and the kids (and us adults) can go out there and have a blast. 

What I love is that my parents bought a commercial quality water park from  Tobbox specializes in inflatables including buildings, water parks and inflatable advertising.  Even our local sports team has used products by this company at football games.

They make some high quality stuff.

So, I am really looking forward to setting up the water park this weekend when we head out to the lake.  The kids will have fun and so will the adults.

It will be a great way to spend the fourth of July weekend!

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Found a Used Car at

Found a Used Car at

When my Dodge Neon finally kicked the bucket a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t happy.  I count on my car to get me where I need to go each and every day, and I sure wasn’t going to take the city bus.  I needed to find a replacement for my car quickly, with as little trouble as possible.

I started off looking at some of the websites of car dealerships in the area, but they were less than useful.  There was too much work involved trying to find a good deal from a dozen car dealerships in the area, and since each of their sites was different, it became a headache rather quickly.

It wasn’t until I discovered that I had some hope that I would find a new vehicle.  You see, Car Soup makes it easy to find used cars, as you can search for the type of vehicle that you are looking for.

In my case, I wanted to find cars for sale within 50 miles of my home, had low miles and were less than $20,000.  With a few clicks on Car Soup, I was able to see a selection of vehicles that met my criteria, and make a list of my favorite car listings to follow up on.

It was really easy.

In fact, I was able to find a replacement car in just a few days, and I couldn’t be happier.

If you are looking for an easy way to find your next vehicle or are looking to sell your existing car, truck or SUV, head on over to

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June 29, 20150 comments
Fixing our Newest Rental Property

Fixing our Newest Rental Property

While I was down in Michigan, I had the time to drive around and find some new properties to add to my real estate portfolio.  Instead of leaving everything to chance, I did my research before traveling and narrowed my search down to a few properties that met my investment criteria.

I visited each property in person to ensure that they were as they were described in their real estate listings.

I bought two.

While one property was in perfect shape to rent out right away, there was one that needed a little TLC.  The roof on the property in Trenton was in rough shape, and I wanted to make sure to get it fixed before we rented it out.

But I was no roofer.

I called around to a number of companies that specialized in roof repair Trenton Michigan, and found one that was willing to come out and take a look.  As it turned out, there was no damage to the roof yet, but if the shingles were not replaced, we would run into issues.

So, I booked Downriver Roofers to re-shingle the roof.

They should be done later today.

I am hoping that we will still be able to manage to rent out this home before July 1st, but it will be cutting things close.  Whatever happens, the sooner that we can rent it out, the better – I need to make a return on my investment.

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Fallout 4 Coming in November

Fallout 4 Coming in November

As many of you know, I am an avid gamer that somehow manages to find time to play video games despite having a busy life.  Out of all the series of games that I play, I would have to say that the Fallout series of games would be my favorite.  I love playing in a post-apocalyptic world with both first-person shooting and roleplaying game elements.

That describes the Fallout series to a tee.

So when I learned that the latest installment of the series was coming out in November, I was stoked – since finishing Fallout: New Vegas, I have really felt that there was a void to fill in my life.

Which this new game will satisfy.

While I wait, I will probably watch the following gameplay teaser a few times, but that is okay, right?

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Enjoying the New Lifehouse Album

Enjoying the New Lifehouse Album

It seems that there is never enough time in my life to listen to music.  I love how music can change how you feel and make even the most mundane things feel fun.  I have been working on cleaning up the house here today as it is too warm to be outside, and I will be the first to tell you that I just don’t like cleaning.  I know that it has to be done, but I hate every minute of it.

Unless I can listen to music.

Which is exactly what I am doing.

A couple of days ago my copy of Lifehouse’s latest album, Out of the Wasteland, showed up at my door.  I was too busy with life to listen to it, but it seemed to be the perfect compliment to the chores that I was going.

And I was right.

It made cleaning tolerable.

In fact, time has flown by since I started to listen to the music.  My favorite would have to be Runaways – you can listen to it below:

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Fixing Grandmother’s Roof

Fixing Grandmother’s Roof

Last week, I took a trip out to Farmington Hills, Michigan to visit my grandmother.  She is as quick as a whip and still lives in her home of fifty years on her own.  My grandfather has long since passed away, but she keeps busy taking care of her little home.

I get out there to help as often as I can.

The last time that I was out at her house about a month ago, we noticed that her roof was leaking and needed to be fixed.  At the time, I found a company, Twelve Oaks Roofing, that specialized in roof repair Farmington Hills MI that was willing to make an appointment for the next time that I was in town.  They were friendly on the phone and answered all of my questions which I really appreciated.

Grandma and I were really impressed with the work crew as well.  They were kind and friendly, and they explained exactly what they were going to do to the house.

I know my grandmother was impressed.

They completed the work quickly and ahead of schedule, cleaned up their mess, and the yard showed no signs that they were even there – except for the new shingles on the roof.

We’ll definitely be using them again if we ever need to fix grandma’s roof again – it was a good experience working with Twelve Oaks Roofing.

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Replacing Our Printing Machinery at School

Replacing Our Printing Machinery at School

For years, the student body at the local high school has printed and published their own school paper.  It is a means for the students to showcase their art and writing, let the community know about local events and is a means for the school to raise money for extra-curricular programs.  For many students, it is the first time that they have the opportunity to work in a business setting, and is an invaluable experience for all of the students that participate.

The program has run trouble free for the last ten years.

But two months ago, we noticed that we were having issues with our printing machinery.  While it has been maintained regularly, the machinery was getting old, and it looked like we needed to replace it.  Thankfully, we were able to get the last issue of the paper done before the machine printed its’ last paper.

At least we have until fall to replace it.

When we started looking at used printing machinery, we came across, a company that specializes in used printing and graphic equipment.  They had a large selection of graphic equipment from companies like Heidelberg, Komori, KBA and other second hand equipment.

They didn’t have what we needed right now, but we signed up for their autonotify feature that will let us know when the right kind of machinery becomes available.  Thanks to their help, I know that we will be able to replace our printing machinery by the fall.

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June 20, 20150 comments